We have a teacher who likes to joke that post her teaching career she is going to write a book called “Keeping it Real With Rene”. She constantly is pointing out the idiosyncratic issues within her kinder day that just needs someone to point out the “realness” in the situation.
Very few days do I have what I would consider a “tough” job. I genuinely LOVE what I do, which I talked about to my staff here. Most days are filled with easy decisions, with hugs, with the day to day tasks of being an assistant principal. Stressful at times, but never TOUGH.
Yesterday was tough. Yesterday I realized that, quite harshly, not everyone parents the way I parent, loves the way I love, or was brought up the way I was brought up. Yesterday, I left work in tears, b/c “keeping it real” put what I do back in perspective.
Controversially, I think what is going to define me as an administrator isn’t going to be test scores or ratings, or attendance percentages. I want it to be that every student I serve walks out of our doors knowing that there are adults who care about them. Who care about their safety, about their well being. Who gives an example of what is wrong and what is right. I want them to ENJOY elementary school, a’cuz life sure doesn’t get any easier down the road.
If they get to learn their math facts along the way, so be it.